There are a huge number of Android music players around, most of them competing for your attention with their vast and ever-extending lists of features. That’s great news if you’ll use all their functionality, but otherwise it may just get in your way.
Dub Music Player + Equalizer seems relatively simple by comparison, but it delivers the core basics most people need, and comes wrapped in a great looking, easy-to-use interface.
Forget the boring flat look you’ll sometimes see elsewhere. This app looks more like a real audio player, with 3D-styled buttons and dials, and a great vu meter.
If the default settings don’t deliver what you need then hitting the EQ button reveals a 5 band equalizer. There are nine genre-based presets – Hip Hop, Rock, Dance, Pop, Latin, Metal, Classical, Flat, Normal – or you can create another preset of your own.
Bass boost and virtualizer effects are also available. You can adjust their intensity from the equalizer screen, or toggle them on and off directly from the main player.
A simple library allows you to browse and play your music by songs, artists, albums, playlists, folders and genres. This can be customised to hide views you never use, and there’s an option not to display audio files of less than a defined length.
Conveniently, there are also home screen and lock screen widgets, so you don’t need to return to the full app just to hit back, next, play or pause.
You don’t get multiple skins, ID3 tagging, cover art, smart playlists or anything else of significance, and you can’t control everything via 18 customisable swipes and shakes. (Or any at all, in fact.)
Dub Music Player + Equalizer is a stylish, likeable and easy-to-use audio player, though, which counts for a lot with us. And if you need more, it’s still only at version 1.2: we’ll be interested to see where the app goes next.